All posts tagged with phylogeny

Sourdough yeasts from a genomic perspective

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Current Biology has a fascinating paper by Frédéric Bigey and coworkers examining the genomic variation of bakery yeasts: “Evidence for Two Main Domesticatio...

Dinosaur phylogeny woes

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This is a nice write-up by Laura Geggel of a current exchange of comments in Nature about dinosaur phylogeny: “Dino Family Tree Overturned? Not Quite, But Ch...

Link: The phylogeny of our plant foods

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The Botanist in the Kitchen takes a look at the phylogenetic relationships among some of the major plant foods in Western diets: “The Food Plant Tree of Life...

Darwin's primate phylogeny

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I’m doing some reading and ran across a 2009 post by Brian Switek (“Darwin, Ardi and the African apes”), who touched on a little-appreciated aspect of Darwin...

Polytypism and complexity

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Adam Van Arsdale considers whether a “bushy”, speciose phylogeny is actually evidence of evolutionary “complexity”: “Linearity and simplicity in the fossil r...

Mailbag: The hominins of our discontent

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Re: “Taxonomy on tap”, where I reminded readers about my lack of a principled reason to continue using “hominid” instead of “hominin”.

Anthropology 105, lecture 7: Eyes

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Out of all the lectures in the course, this was one of my favorites to put together. I return to the topic of evolutionary developmental biology, first raise...

Primate classification and phylogeny

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Our relationship to other kinds of primates is in part reflected by the pattern of similarities and differences we share with them. This pattern of similarit...

The homoplastic apes

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Bernard Wood and Terry Harrison have published a review paper in NatureWood:Harrison:2011, arguing that the extent of anatomical convergence among Miocene ap...

Sloth bombers

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Brian Switek notes a new study on the locomotor dynamics of sloths. I perked up when reading this passage…

Quote: Higher-level taxa

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I ran across this passage in a book chapter by D. Tab Rasmussen, covering early catarrhine evolution. I think it captures an important point about the fossil...

Weidenreich on species

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Franz Weidenreich, in his 1945 article, “The Puzzle of Pithecanthropus”:

Coincidence or homology?

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Remember that story from last month about how fruit flies have some kind of free will because they navigate their flight in nondeterministic directions?

Genetic discord

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I ran across this paper from a few years ago by John Avise and DeEtte Walker, which considers the implication of reticulation-based species concepts for mt...

PhyloCode and human evolution

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The April issue of Discover has a feature article on PhyloCode, focusing on the roles of Jacques Gauthier and Kevin de Queiroz in trying to revise the code ...


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Speciation is the cessation of interbreeding between one animal population and all other populations with which it formerly exchanged genes. When interbreed...

Species concepts

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A new population that results from a speciation event is called a species. But although species result from a simple process, recognizing species in nature ...


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Defining and identifying species is one major area of research into the evolutionary process. Equally important is the study of how different species are re...